Acura Earns Top Safety Rating Across Entire Model Lineup

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Leads in Safety as Only Luxury Nameplate with the Top U.S. Government Safety Rating Across Entire Model Line

Aug 20, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • 2016 RDX is the latest Acura to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA
  • For the sixth time in brand history, Acura earns the top safety rating across its entire model line
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the entire Acura lineup

With the just-announced top rating for the 2016 RDX entry premium SUV, Acura has claimed a leadership position as the only luxury automotive brand with an entire U.S. model line achieving the top U.S. government safety rating1. The 2016 RDX is the latest Acura to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).  This is the sixth time in brand history that Acura has achieved the top U.S. safety rating across its entire model line – more than any other brand.

“Customers expect luxury vehicles to have top safety performance and Acura is leading the way with advanced safety and driver assistive technologies that helped us earn the top safety rating across the entire Acura model line,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager for the Acura Division. “Providing leading safety performance and technology has always been a core characteristic of the Acura brand and our commitment to Acura customers.”

Refreshed for 2016, the Acura RDX boasts more advanced safety technology than ever before. The AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is now standard on the Advance package and available on all 2016 RDX models. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. New AcuraWatch™ features for the 2016 model include Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Information. AcuraWatch™ is now available across the entire Acura lineup.

To further improve frontal collision performance, the 2016 Acura RDX offers enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. Incorporated in the 2016 RDX, the next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions.

The 2016 model year of the luxury crossover received several new luxury improvements beyond safety performance, including a 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder-deactivation technology and a retuned AWD with Intelligent Control system featuring increased rear torque bias that further enhances dynamic stability and all-weather performance. The 2016 RDX is the latest to receive Acura’s signature JewelEye™ LED headlights and LED taillights, a restyled front and rear fascia and new wheel designs, among other prestigious upgrades.

The 2016 RDX has posted three consecutive months of record sales, in May, June and July 2015, and remains one of the best-selling models in its class. The RDX received top honors from Consumer Guide and U.S. News & World Report for its class-leading value.

[Source: Acura]

Acuras, Past and Future, Star at 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

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Aug 15, 2015 – MONTEREY, California

  • Parker Johnstone takes Spice Acura from museum to pole, podium finishes
  • Next-Generation Acura NSX supercar on display
  • Winning 2009 Acura ARX-02a LMP1 also featured

Capping a week-long celebration of Acura’s motorsports heritage, highlighted by multiple appearances of the new NSX supercar, former IMSA champion Parker Johnstone started from the pole and scored a pair of second place finishes Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in a return to the cockpit of his multiple title-winning Spice Acura.

More than 550 entrants took part in the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Part competition and part pageantry, the Reunion brings racing history to life as cars from nearly every era at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The cars, selected for their historical significance, authenticity and correctness for the period, are divided into 15 classes, based on the type of car, displacement and era of origin.

“This is Acura’s first time participating in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, so it is only fitting that we celebrate the launch of the next-generation NSX with another iconic machine, the record-setting champion Spice Acura GTP Lights car,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “Today’s results reflect Acura’s performance heritage and performance future of the brand.”

Starting in 1991, Johnstone partnered with Acura, several co-drivers and the Comptech team to win three consecutive IMSA GTP Lights championships from 1991-1993.  Powered by a race-modified 3.0-liter VTEC V6 engine, the heart of the first-generation NSX, Johnstone, Acura and Comptech swept the GTP Lights manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships all three years, setting all-time qualifying and race win records, including victories here at Laguna Seca, the 12 Hours of Sebring and two triumphs at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

After being retired from competition following the 1993 season, the Spice Acura has most recently been on display at the American Honda Automotive Museum in Torrance, California, and was prepared for its return to the track by former Comptech team principal Doug Peterson. Taking part in the 35-car IMSA GTO/GTP race group, many of them larger-displacement GTO and GTP cars, Johnstone led both practice sessions to earn the pole for today’s races.

Despite its long layoff from competition, the Spice Acura ran flawlessly throughout the weekend, giving best only to a single, larger-displacement Porsche 962 in each of today’s races.

“Professionally, the success we had with this racing program is incalculable–in how it affected both my life and the life of the team. It’s the car that vaulted us into IndyCar,” said Johnstone. “And to race it again here at Laguna Seca, where some of my earliest memories as a child occurred and where I drove my first competitive race car, is indescribable.”

Between appearances on track, the Spice Acura was on display in the Acura Garage in the Laguna Seca paddock, flanked by the Acura ARX-02a LMP1 car driven to five victories – including Laguna Seca – in the 2009 American Le Mans Series title by drivers Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagneaud; and the new Acura NSX.

With a pair of entries fielded by Highcroft Racing and de Ferran Motorsports, the Acura ARX-02a dominated the 2009 ALMS season, winning eight of ten races to finish 1-2 in the championship. In addition, the Fernandez Racing organization won eight races in the LMP2 class to win the class championship in an Acura ARX-01b.

The NSX at Laguna Seca was one of a trio of the next-generation supercars, which were featured earlier in the week atThe Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Powered by a 75-degree twin-turbo V6 mated to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission and three electric motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. It will be produced at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.

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Acura NSX Performance Manufacturing Center: Precision Craftsmanship

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Aug 14, 2015 – CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif.

The next-generation Acura NSX is produced at the new, dedicated Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts. With trial production already underway and production start-up scheduled for spring 2016, this world-class manufacturing facility employs groundbreaking techniques in weld, body construction, body painting, final assembly and quality confirmation to ensure the highest levels of precision and craftsmanship.

More details on the unique and innovative manufacturing processes at the PMC will be rolled out over the months leading up to the start of production, but the following highlights of the new facility were shared during the 2015  Monterey Automotive Week:

  • Innovative blend of people and technology: throughout the PMC, NSX production is centered around the skills of approximately 100 experienced engineers and technicians building the NSX to precise levels of quality and craftsmanship.
  • All-glass quality confirmation center: A total quality approach to production is evident not only in the mindset of every PMC technician, but in the very design of the facility, with an all-glass quality confirmation center located in the middle of the manufacturing floor.  This allows for technicians from every department to monitor all aspects of a vehicle as it moves through the entire production process.
  • World’s first weld technology: the world’s first use of all robotic MIG welding employs eight robots to apply approximately 900 MIG welds. This surgical welding process results in a space frame that is incredibly precise, in addition to being ultra rigid and lightweight.
  • Craftsmanship: hand craftsmanship complements high tech robotic processes throughout the assembly of the NSX:
    • Every bolt on the NSX is hand started by a PMC technician
    • Exterior body panels are installed manually at the end of assembly and from the inside out to ensure 100 percent symmetrical side-to-side fitment
    • Lasers are used to find door hem edges, fenders and door gaps in order to install all exterior panels without requiring adjustments
  • Master engine builders: the NSX’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with dry sump is hand assembled by master builders at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. Each engine takes over six hours to complete and is machine balanced.
    • Each NSX power unit — engine, 9-speed dual clutch transmission with direct-drive electric motor, and front Twin Motor Unit – is bench-tested and broken-in (the engine to the equivalent of 150 driving miles) to ensure that every NSX is track-ready upon customer delivery
    • The engine build process was benchmarked against some of the company’s race engine programs to ensure the highest possible quality and performance standards were achieved

[Source: Acura]

Acura NSX Features and Options Displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

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Aug 14, 2015 – CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif.

On display at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was a trio of all-new NSX models, two of which were shown for the first time. As the first build-to-order vehicle for Acura, the all-new NSX will feature an extensive array of factory-installed options. The following features and options were displayed at the prestigious event:

Exterior Features and Options*
Exterior Color Valencia Red Pearl Nouvelle Blue Pearl Berlina Black
Interior Color Red Orchid Saddle
Exterior Package n/a Carbon Exterior Package: carbon fiber front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser and exhaust finisher Carbon Exterior Package: carbon fiber front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser and exhaust finisher
Engine Cover n/a NSX Carbon Engine Cover: carbon fiber front, side and rear engine covers NSX Carbon Engine Cover: carbon fiber front, side and rear engine covers
Roof n/a Carbon Roof Carbon Roof
Brakes Black Brake Calipers with Ceramic Rotors Silver Brake Calipers with Ceramic Rotors Black Brake Calipers with Ceramic Rotors
Wheels NSX Signature Y-Spoke Wheels NSX Exclusive Interwoven Wheels NSX Signature Y-Spoke Wheels
Rear Spoiler Body-Colored Rear Decklid Body-Colored Rear Decklid Body-Colored Rear Decklid

 

Interior Features and Options*
Interior Package n/a Interior Carbon Sports Package: carbon fiber meter visor, steering garnish, aluminum foot rest and sport pedals Interior Carbon Sports Package: carbon fiber meter visor, steering garnish, aluminum foot rest and sport pedals
Seats Leather and Alcantara Power Sports Seats Leather and Alcantara Power Sports Seats Leather and Alcantara Power Sports Seats
Headliner Black Alcantara Headliner Black Alcantara Headliner Black Alcantara Headliner
Technology Package ELS Studio Audio and Technology Package: 9-speaker ELS Studio® Premium Audio, Acura Navigation System, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and AcuraLink®, front and rear parking sensors ELS Studio Audio and Technology Package: 9-speaker ELS Studio® Premium Audio, Acura Navigation System, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and AcuraLink®, front and rear parking sensors ELS Studio Audio and Technology Package: 9-speaker ELS Studio® Premium Audio, Acura Navigation System, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and AcuraLink®, front and rear parking sensors

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Acura USA July 2015 Sales Report

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Honda and Acura Trucks Combine for New American Honda Sales Record as Company Reports Robust July 2015 Sales Gains

Aug 3, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • American Honda shattered its previous July truck sales record set in 2006, climbing 13.2 percent on sales of 70,613 units leading an overall 7.7 percent increase for the month
  • Honda CR-V has best-ever July with 31,785 units sold for an increase of 11.4 percent
  • Acura RDX jumps 29.6 percent on sales of 4,577 for another July record
  • Acura ILX also has best July with sales up 30.6 percent, joining TLX to boost Acura cars more than 100 percent for the month

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported an increase of 7.7 percent in July 2015, on sales of 146,324 Honda and Acura vehicles. Honda and Acura trucks led the July sales gain, combining for a 13.2 percent increase on sales of 70,613 vehicles. Honda Division sales rose 6.5 percent overall on sales of 131,409 units, while Acura reported a gain of 19.5 percent with 14,915 vehicles sold in July.

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With a nearly 20 percent overall gain, sedans continue to evolve into one of the key Acura brand success stories. The recently refreshed ILX steps up with a best-ever July, combining with a still-streaking TLX to push Acura cars up 101.7 percent for the month. The RDX showed renewed strength as it set a new July benchmark with a nearly 30 percent gain, while the MDX is working through inventory issues.

  • The redesigned ILX posted a second straight monthly record, gaining 30.6 percent on sales of 1,613 units
  • The refreshed RDX continued its gains, jumping 29.6 percent with sales of 4,577 units in July
  • Acura sedan sales totaled 5,361 in July, up 101.7 percent for the month.

“With Acura sedan sales continuing to strengthen, the Acura brand is on its strongest footing in years,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. “With both sedans and trucks clicking with luxury buyers Acura is on pace for our best sales year in nearly a decade.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for July 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
July July DSR** July July DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 14,915 12,480 19.5% 102,002 90,431 12.8%
ILX 1,613 1,235 30.6% 10,084 9,592 5.1%
RLX/RL 213 208 2.4% 1,413 2,292 -38.4%
TL 3 736 -99.6% 84 9,752 -99.1%
TLX 3,530 0 0.0% 25,702 0 0.0%
TSX 2 479 -99.6% 30 5,904 -99.5%
MDX 4,977 6,283 -20.8% 34,397 36,947 -6.9%
RDX 4,577 3,532 29.6% 30,290 25,881 17.0%
ZDX 0 7 -100.0% 2 63 -96.8%
*** ILX Hybrid 0 35 -100.0% 19 306 -93.8%
*** RLX Hybrid 28 0 0.0% 147 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 0 57 -100.0% 2 599 -99.7%
Selling Days 26 26 178 178
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

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Acura Sedans Earn Top NHTSA Safety Ratings

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Entire Acura Sedan Model Line Earns Top NHTSA Safety Ratings as 2016 Acura ILX Sedan Achieves 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

Jul 21, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura continues to advance its leadership in safety performance among luxury brands with the 2016 ILX becoming the latest Acura sedan to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The 2016 Acura ILX joins the flagship RLX luxury sedani and the TLX performance-luxury sedan in earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

“As the gateway to the Acura sedan lineup, it is important the 2016 Acura ILX offer advanced safety technologies along with outstanding performance and luxury refinement,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Acura has always been an industry leader in safety performance and we are proud the entire Acura sedan model line received the top safety ratings from NHTSA.”

One aspect of Acura’s safety performance leadership is the availability of the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies on all models. AcuraWatch™ includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (including Forward Collision Warning), Road Departure Mitigation, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System, with sensor-fusion technology that enables new capabilities, including pedestrian sensing. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, can intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The 2016 Acura ILX offers autonomous emergency braking technology at the most affordable price point within the luxury segment.

The Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is another element of the Acura safety leadership strategy. Incorporated in the 2016 ILX, the next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions. Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, Next-Generation ACE™ actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements. The front wheelhouse upper member, front pillar, side sill and front floor frame are the main areas that were reinforced to improve performance in small-offset frontal collisions on the 2016 ILX.

Reimagined for the 2016 model year with significant styling, performance and feature updates, the ILX is a part of the industry’s fastest-growing sedan lineup, with Acura sedans enjoying a 28 percent year-over-year sales increase through June 2015. The ILX caught the attention of Edmunds.com as it recently earned the 2015 Best Retained Value® model-level award and won entry luxury comparison tests from both AutoGuide and The Car Connection.

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Acura USA June 2015 Sales Report

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Passenger Cars Join Light Trucks in Boosting American Honda June 2015 Sales

July 1, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Honda and Acura trucks post record June sales, beating the previous best by more than 3,500 units
  • Acura sedan sales double to lead brand increase of 38.6 percent in June
  • Acura RDX sets June sales record, up 45.1 percent on sales of 5,056 units
  • Honda CR-V sales up rise 8.5 percent with sales of 28,349 for a new June record

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 134,397 units, an increase of 4.2 percent. Acura sedans led AHM’s June increase, gaining 107.9 percent on sales of 5,878. Acura truck sales also increased, rising 15.2 percent with sales of 9,649 vehicles for a new June record. Honda trucks gained 18 percent on sales of 57,667, also a record for June, while Honda car sales were down 11.3 percent with 61,203 units sold. Total Honda brand sales reached 118,870 for a gain of 1 percent.

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Acura sedans stepped into the sales limelight in June, continuing recent momentum and doubling last year’s June sedan sales total on the strength of TLX and ILX. Overall Acura sales totaled 15,527, lifting the brand 38.6 percent in June. Not to be outdone, Acura’s RDX captured yet another sales record in June while MDX remained in high demand, though somewhat capacity constrained. Overall, Acura truck sales were up 15.2 percent with sales of 9,649 vehicles.

  • TLX sales continued to gain momentum, nearly reaching 4,000 units again.
  • ILX took a sharp upward turn with a record June performance, gaining 79.1 percent on sales of 1,662. Acura sedan sales totaled 5,878 in June, a 107.9 percent increase.
  • The recently refreshed RDX continued to resonate strongly with customers, up 45.1 percent on sales of 5,056 for its best June on record.

“It is exciting to see Acura sedans enjoy success in the face of a market where light trucks have been dominating,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “We’re pleased by the record month for the refreshed RDX, but the growing momentum of the TLX and ILX is key to the future of the Acura brand.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for June 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
June June DSR** June June DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 15,527 11,206 33.0% 87,087 77,951 11.7%
ILX 1,662 928 71.9% 8,471 8,357 1.4%
RLX/RL 224 229 -6.1% 1,200 2,084 -42.4%
TL 5 990 -99.5% 81 9,016 -99.1%
TLX 3,986 0 0.0% 22,172 0 0.0%
TSX 1 681 -99.9% 28 5,425 -99.5%
MDX 4,592 4,890 -9.9% 29,420 30,664 -4.1%
RDX 5,056 3,485 39.3% 25,713 22,349 15.1%
ZDX 1 3 -68.0% 2 56 -96.4%
*** ILX Hybrid 1 44 -97.8% 19 271 -93.0%
*** RLX Hybrid 27 0 0.0% 119 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 0 67 -100.0% 2 542 -99.6%
Selling Days 25 24 152 152
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

[Source: Acura]